This morning I had my five-weekly hair appointment in Totnes. I didn’t take the photo above this morning – it is a summer-time shot – but if I had managed to stop the car on the old bridge over the River Dart, this is the view I would’ve taken – not the main River Dart, but a small ‘cut’ where some boats are moored with, in the distance, old warehouses now transformed into living accommodation.
The hair salon I visit is not far away – it is on the corner of a little lane (centre of photo, above) and if I stand in the doorway of the salon in summer, this is the view towards an area known as the Plains (because it’s flat, I suppose!)
Next to the salon there is a cafe and this has table and chairs outside in summer. The leather sofa in the salon was dispatched a year or two ago, and in its place is now an upholstered sofa, much more feminine I think.
I hope you will excuse my having used these photos before, regular readers might even remember them, but perhaps new readers might like to see them. But while there is a new sofa, the salon itself is the same as ever, and very smart it is, too.
About three times a year, sometimes four, my short silver hair needs highlighting to prevent it looking more like tarnished silver than sparkling polished silver. I don’t care for the tarnished look and the highlights were done this morning.
Here I am, having just returned from the hair salon and not even having removed my red quilted coat. I love this red jacket and I was wearing a red jumper under it and my charity shop ‘find’, a Jaeger heavy silk scarf. Who could possibly have not wanted such a wonderful scarf? Yes, a traditional design rather than anything quirky, but in dark red, white and blue it’s just the thing for my jacket and indigo jeans (sadly creased from having been sitting in the car, driving, and sitting in the salon for 2 hours.)
I’m not good at taking selfies as I don’t have a smart phone, only my compact camera and I look like I’m cross-eyed through my reading glasses so I must assure you I’m not. But you can see the freshly highlighted hair here. Yes, it has a blue look to it. This is the prevent-it-being-brassy toner and will wash out with a couple of washes, but I quite like it. Anything rather than brassy blonde.
So that was my morning.
When I came home I re-heated half of the venison casserole I made yesterday (the other half is now in the freezer for another meal sometime) and we had that with new potatoes and peas, and then an individual apple crumble each with cream. I had added some mincemeat with amoretto to the stewed apples, a jar I’d had in the larder for over a year but it was still perfectly edible.
And now to something completely different (as they used to say on Monty Python, for those who can remember the 1960s/1970s comedy series.)
Brown furniture is back in fashion! Well it is according to yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph. A long time in the wilderness, furniture made from mahogany, oak, ash and walnut (as well as other woods) is now being to sell again. For some of us (ourselves here included) it has never been out of fashion! Who in their right mind would want some painted stuff, ‘knocked’ back to look old, if they had the chance to have polished mahogany or oak? Well, lots of people it would appear if you look at IG photos, or the plethora of look-alike homes in the style magazines. I’ve nothing against some items of painted furniture – we have a couple ourselves, although they’ve certainly not been fashionably ‘distressed’ – but oh, how I love polished wood.
Anyway, there were three whole pages on the subject of brown furniture in yesterday’s paper: how it’s ‘green’ to upcycle; how to go about buying brown furniture (inspect the dovetail joints as nails or screws instead of joints means that a piece is probably post-1920s); not buying for investment (it says) but leaving that to the professionals; not to worry about small surface cracks but not to buy a chair with one leg sticking out as having things restored can be difficult and expensive as (it says) restorers are as rare as unicorns. Or so the article said.
I inherited some pieces of brown furniture, and one I really like is a mahogany card table which we have permanently folded and use as a side console table in the sitting room.
This photo was taken a few years ago because now there’s a pile of books under this table, but at least it’s a tidy pile and not in anyone’s way.
And occasionally we pull out our dining table and lay it for a family meal; as there usually just the two of us here for meals, we tend to eat in the kitchen and our dining table is used as a sofa table. The table is a modern one which we bought in 1986, it’s burr ash, but it’s a traditional style.
And finally, in this medley, just a humble bunch of daffodils on the kitchen table. How bright and cheerful they look, even though today didn’t need very much cheering up as it’s been bright and sunny.
And now to think about supper, only something light this evening after a two-course main meal at lunchtime. Not sure yet, but maybe if I open the fridge and the larder inspiration might strike!
Until next time.